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    TMZ reports that Kobe Bryant passed away.

    Holy Mother of *%$# Christ, this comment has so much wrong with it, it's impossible to know where to start explaining its tone deaf terribleness. Whether Kobe raped this woman, I don't know (thought were I to bet on it, I'd lay odds that he did), but this kind of casual mansplaining of rape is...
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    TMZ reports that Kobe Bryant passed away.

    I can't help but think about the sheer terror everyone in that helicopter must have felt as it plummeted to the ground. I know what they felt, because I've felt that when the plane I was on had to take drastic evasive action to avoid crashing into the mountains when trying to land in a blinding...
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    Jazz Social Media Personalities

    Thanks for the non-sequitur life advice. For the record, I devote about .0001% of my emotional bandwidth to this topic, I was just curious how my observations accorded with others' and whether I should adjust my thinking a bit. I did forget Locke (pretty big omission). I can see why people...
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    Jazz Social Media Personalities

    Case in point.
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    Jazz Social Media Personalities

    I follow a number of Jazz social media personalities. I don't personally interact with them, but based on reading a number of exchanges have reached some conclusions. I'm curious what your interactions with them have been and/or how your view them and if I may be off base on my perceptions...
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    Favors out for Saturday nights game against the Jazz.

    That's too bad. Favors is a class act and nobody deserves success as much as or more than anyone does. That said, I'm sure the Jazz will find some way to play down to the level of the competition tonight and make what should be an easily winnable home game into anything but. Just out of...
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    Would you trade for Draymond?

    Draymond is good, very good, but until proven otherwise, I believe he's a system player. The Warriors created an ideal system/environment in which his talents could thrive. Take him out of that system, and he'll be much less impactful, still good, but much less impactful. That... and he's a douche
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    Saudi Oil Production Attacked.

    You are of course correct, my bad.
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    Saudi Oil Production Attacked.

    One of the biggest risks to putting Republicans into power is that it dramatically increases the chance that we find ourselves in shooting war with Iran. Certain elements in the Republican Party have long had a hard on for going to war with Iran. That itself is a monumental f'up, but that we'd...
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    Gun control myths and info

    This type of propaganda works for morons who think a knife is in any way equivalent to a magazine-fed, semi-automatic assault rifle. Anyone who thinks this represents any kind serious commentary on gun control is, well, Heathme-like. BTW, criminals ARE the problem, no one disputes this despite...
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    The official "let's reelect Trump" thread

    Can we please enact a national moratorium on right wing types who routinely consume Fox News and other right wing "media" outlets whining about liberal media? Their behavior evidences that they don't care about media bias, only left wing media bias. One cannot help but conclude that were media...
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    Gun control myths and info

    It's like a number of thousands of videos on YouTube that purport to 'destroy' the opposing side (both right and left) that present arguments often out of context but certainly devoid of any nuance or recognition of the complexity of issue or the existence of legitimate counterarguments. ANY...
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    Gun control myths and info

    So then, it appears that all that is needed to refute anti-abortion arguments from the right is to simply say "Roe v. Wade" and that will/should shut them up?
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    White Privilege VS POC Disadvantage

    Kind of looks like Marlon Brando/Colonel Kurtz (minus the rug).
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    Jordan Peterson

    Indeed. I was at an event the other day and my wife pointed out to me a former student at the school where she teaches, 3 years fresh out of high school, who is employed with her mom as a life coach (her family is quite wealthy). I can't imagine who wants/needs as a life coach some...
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    White Privilege VS POC Disadvantage

    What I find interesting are the white folks who get all butt hurt and morally outraged about the term 'white privilege' but who for centuries, decades, and years (or heretofore in their lives) could never work up any moral outrage of the daily moral outrages committed by white folk against...
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    Jordan Peterson

    I don't have a strong opinion on Peterson, but I find his lobster analogy silly. Yes, all sorts of things exist in the animal kingdom, but I'm not sure that I'm prepared to take the leap and conclude, therefore, that they represent suitable models for how humans should arrange their affairs...
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    El Paso Shooting

    I do think we ought to pump the brakes a bit claiming straight line causality from Trump's rhetoric to actions. Yeah, there may be 'stochastic terrorism' happening, but this is an empirical question, and the truth is likely not as simple as all that.
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    El Paso Shooting

    He probably does. Just like when he looks in the mirror and believes young women find him attractive and sexy. Just like he actually believes he knows more about health care, climate science, economics, etc. than those who actually study and do them for a living. He's a malignant narcissist...
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    El Paso Shooting

    This is an example of why context is everything. "Many said," ROTFL, as if that's proof of anything. I would hope we could criticize the police (and boy oh boy do they merit it) without being blamed for someone killing a cop. Heaven forbid we criticize authority figures who abuse their...
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